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Maarten Sijm MSc. obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht in 2012. During his Bachelor, he performed internships at Griffin Discoveries BV on the synthesis of ligands for GPRCs and at Wageningen University on bio-catalyzed aza-Michael reactions. After completing his Bachelor, he joined the double degree Master’s programme in Drug Discovery and Safety and Pharmaceutical Sciences of the VU University Amsterdam and the University of Copenhagen. Research internships during his Master involved synthesis of GPCR ligands and synthesis of subtype selective GABA-transporter inhibitors.
After obtaining his Master’s degree, Sijm joined the Medicinal Chemistry group of Prof. Rob Leurs and Prof. Iwan de Esch as a PhD student, working on the synthesis of molecules targeting neglected parasitic disease. In this 4-year EU sponsored project (PDE4NPD) a consortium is established to utilize cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDEs) to tackle neglected parasitic diseases (NPDs). Currently his research focuses on Chagas’ disease, although human African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) and leishmaniasis are also of interest.